Photo Call: "The Importance of Being Earnest" Now Playing at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Oscar Wilde’s rousing escapade of romance, witty banter and cucumber sandwiches, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, is now playing at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center through October 9, 2011.
By: Melissa Mason
Importance of Being Earnest-Photo by Tony Firrolo
Importance of Being Earnest-Photo by Tony Firrolo
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Oscar Wilde
Jim Helsinger
Avery Clark
Mindy Anders
Philip Nolen
Central Florida


Orlando - Florida - US

Sept. 15, 2011 - PRLog -- EVENT:
The Importance of Being Earnest
Written by Oscar Wilde

Wildly improbable and hysterically captivating, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon are good friends, who each maintain different identities depending on whether they are in the town or the country. Their dual identities become inconvenient, not to say confusing, when Jack proposes to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen under the pseudonym of ‘Ernest’, while Algernon proposes to Jack’s ward Cecily, also under the pseudonym of ‘Ernest’. In truth, no one is particularly earnest, except the imperious Lady Bracknell who takes a dim view of everything. Will the surprising final turn of events conclude with the conjugal bliss of both young couples?  

Algernon Moncrieff: Avery Clark*
Lane: Kraig Kelsey
John “Jack” Worthing, J.P.: Shannon Michael Wamser*
Lady Bracknell: Philip Nolen*
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax: Mindy Anders*
Miss Prism: Robin Olson
Cecily Cardew: Deanna Gibson*
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.: Patrick Flick*
Merriman: Rudy Roushdi   CREATIVE TEAM:
Director: Jim Helsinger
Scenic Design: Bert Scott**
Lighting Design: Dave Upton**
Costume Design: Jack A. Smith
Sound Design: Britt Sandusky
Dialect Coach:    Marlene Johnson
Stage Manager: Stacy Renee Norwood*
* = Member of Actors' Equity Association   ** = Member of United Scenic Artists

September 14 – October 9, 2011

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Margeson Theater
Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm - all seats $20, $28, $34
Friday and Saturday at 8pm – all seats $26, $32, $38
Sunday at 2pm – all seats $20, $28, $34

Group Sales: 10% off groups of 10-19 / 20% off groups of 20+, ext. 265
Student Rush: $10 - 30 minutes prior to show w/ valid student ID
Military/Student Price: $10 off single ticket prices

Preview Nights: September 14 and 15, 2011 at 7pm - all seats $16
Opening Night: September 16, 2011 at 8pm - all seats $26, $32, $38
Senior Matinee: September 21 and 28, 2011 at 2pm - all seats $15
$20 Under 30: September 23, 2011 at 8pm
Chat Back: September 29, 2011 at 7pm
Caption Display: October 9, 2011 at 2pm

Single tickets and Season Flex Passes are available by calling (407) 447-1700,  online at or in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

The Importance Of Being Earnest is made possible by Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A; Carlton Fields; and Foley & Lardner LLP. Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.

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Now celebrating its 23rd season, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed Equity theaters producing bold professional theater in Central Florida. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director Shannon Lacek, Orlando Shakespeare Theater continues to achieve the highest standards, while preserving its artistic and cultural legacy. Through PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new plays. Orlando Shakes also provides innovative educational experiences through its youth education programming, serving over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.
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